Arts Monthly
January 2017 Edition
A Resource for Artsy Happenings in Whatcom County
Winter Hours
Allied Arts Gallery, Thrift Store and office will be closed Mondays throughout November and December. We will also be closed Thanksgiving Day and December 24 - January 1.

Classes around town

Upcoming Workshops @ Ragfinery
In-Depth Descriptions and Registration at
Introduction to Weaving
Date: Saturdays, Jan. 7th, 14th & 21st, 10-1pm
Instructor:  Aurora Lindquist!
Cost: $88

Decorative Cushion Covers
Date:  Wednesday, Jan. 11th6-8 pm
Instructor:  Boonlan Wong
Cost: $22

Sewing Bootcamp
Date: Saturdays, Jan. 14th & 21st10-1pm
Instructor:  Brigitte Parra
Cost: $75

No-Sew Braided Rugs
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18th6-8pm
Instructor: Kirsten Wert
Cost: $22

Embroidered Word of the Year
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25th6-8pm
Instructor:  Libby Chenault
Cost: $22

Mosaic Nuno Felt Tunic
Date: Friday, Jan. 27th, noon-5pmSaturday, Jan. 28th9-4pm
Instructor:  Patti Barker
Cost: $150

And some more arts events! 

Ongoing at the Old City Hall, Nostalgic Saturation: Mid-Century Bellingham in Historic Color History isn't all in black and white. This exhibition will feature photographs from a not-so-distant past as captured by Ektachrome┬«, Kodachrome┬« and Technicolor slide film, as well as 4 x 5 inch color transparencies. Focused on the 1940s, '50s and '60s, 

Ongoing at the Old City Hall, Back at the Park: Vintage Views from the Photo Archives  Bellingham's parks have always been a locally loved and widely admired part of the city. This collection from the Whatcom Museum's Photo Archives combines two previous photo exhibitions with a parks theme. The collection features historical views of Bellingham parks including images of Cornwall, Fairhaven, Whatcom Falls, and Elizabeth parks, among others. 

Through January 15, 2017 National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs at the Lightcatcher Building The Whatcom Museum will open a major traveling exhibition this fall,  National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs, in the Lightcatcher building, the only West Coast stop of the national tour. 

Through February 24, The Paintings of James R. Williamson: Maritime, Landscape, Wildlife at The Jansen Art Center  Williamson says of his work, "I am committed to creating memorable images of historical and contemporary maritime subjects plus landscape and wildlife themes."

January 4 - March 10, 2017 Arne Svenson: The Neighbors at the Western Gallery Arne Svenson's photography is motivated by a deep curiosity about the world around him, full of anthropological investigation and discovery. His projects are often instigated by an incidental or random experience. 

January 4, The Golden Age (Bolshoi Ballet) at the Pickford Film Center In a seaside town where business and mafia are flourishing, The Golden Age cabaret is the favorite nightly haunt of dancers, bandits and young revelers, where the young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita, a beautiful dancer, but also the friend of a local gangster... A satire of Europe during the Roaring 20s, The Golden Age makes for an original, colorful, and dazzling show with its jazzy score and music- hall atmosphere. 

January 6, Interscapes at Fourth Corner Frames  "Interscapes" is a collection of bold, colorful abstract expressionist paintings by Gregory S. Walsh. After a life in the film and music industry, Gregory has returned to his great passion of painting.

January 11, Anastasia (The Royal Gallery) at the Pickford Film Center THE ROYAL BALLET Anastasia Kenneth MacMillan's full-length ballet is a compelling exploration of identity in the turbulent wake of the Russian Revolution. 

January 15, Basic Jewelry Wax Carving Workshop at Bellingham Metal Arts Guild Learn or refresh your BASIC WAX CARVING skills with instructor & master artist Frank Goss. A two-day/12 hour course covering the very basics of wax design, design layout, tools & their uses, basic carving & wax build-up techniques. Using these learned skills, you will create & go home with your own unique wax pattern model for a 5 - 6 mm band or a pendant. Please visit our website for more details.

January 18 at 7pm, Fame - The Musical at the Mount Baker Theatre "Give me time I'll make you forget the rest," boasts Fame's Academy Award-winning title song, and this unstoppable musical promises to command your full attention as it wins your heart. 

January 19, Make it at Your Library: Kusudama Flowers Come to the SkillShare Space and learn to fold and make Japanese Kusudama flowers out of paper. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Jenni at or 360-778-7217. 4pm at the Central Library Location.

January 20 - 22, Abstract Painting 3 Day Workshop with Yvette Neumann Jump start your creativity with a 3 Day Abstract Painting Workshop, taught by local fine art painter, Yvette Neumann. 

Only 2 days left!
Annual Member's Show 2017
Drop off your work at Allied Arts Gallery:
 Monday and Tuesday, January 2 & 3, 2017
Exhibit Dates:  January 6 - 28, 2017
Opening Reception:  Friday, January 6, 2017
Allied Arts of Whatcom County will host its 

Annual Member's Show. Participation is open to all current Allied Arts Members at any level of membership. Artists may sign up for membership when they drop of their work.

All pieces of work may not exceed 30 inches in any direction and work meant to hang must have a wire or hook in place to easily hang it. Sculpture or items meant to stand on a pedestal/table will be permitted but we have very limited space. If you would like to bring sculpture, please discuss your work with Katy Tolles (360-676-8548 ext. 2 or by  e-mail) to have it approved before you drop it off. Sculpture not approved by Allied Arts Staff may be turned away on drop off day.

Submission forms are available online in PDF form  here or in the Allied Arts Gallery (1418 Cornwall Ave). Artists may drop off their work Monday or Tuesday, January 2nd  & 3rd, 2017, 10am to 5pm. Depending on the response, Allied Arts may need to limit the number of pieces submitted for the show and will consider first come, first accepted.

For more information contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 360-676-8548 ext. 2 or  e-mail.
Other Exhibits Also Curated by Allied Arts Gallery

Downtown Visitor's Center
1306 Commercial Street, Downtown Bellingham
Thru January: Works from local photographer Alan Sanders.

Hotel Bellwether  
1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru January: Selected works from our "Love of Land" showby Joanne Plucy, Virginia Baker, and Lori Hill 

Giuseppe's Al Porto: Italian Restaurant 
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru December: Landscape Painter Laura Hansen.
Whatcom READS! Art Challenge
Submissions due Februay 22, 2017
Allied Arts of Whatcom County is excited to be collaborating again in March 2017 with the Whatcom READS! by hosting a community art exhibit inspired by the novel "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving." Artwork will be on display during the month of March at the Allied Art of Whatcom County's gallery in downtown Bellingham.

To participate:
1.) Read the book "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving" by Jonathan Evison. Books are available to borrow at any Bellingham and Whatcom County Library or for purchase at Village Books or Allied Arts.
2.) Create an art piece inspired by the book.
3.) Submit your entry form by the deadline on Wednesday February 22, 2017. The Application for the 2017 Whatcom Reads Art Challenge is HERE available as a PDF

Membership with Allied Arts of Whatcom County is not required to submit an art work. Works will not be juried. All mediums, genres, and skill levels are welcome to participate in the exhibit. Space is limited and items will be showed on a first come, first hung basis. Limit one piece per person. Entry forms can be obtained at the Allied Arts Gallery downtown (1418 Cornwall Ave) or online at Applications will include an explanation on how the book inspired your art. Click the link for the entry form.

For more information about Whatcom READS! Visit
For more information about Allied Arts of Whatcom County visit
A chance to change the world with your words

Poetry submissions sought for the  Women's March On Bellingham. Three poems will be chosen, by the organizing committee, to be read at the March on January 21st. Use your angst, hopes, courage, to write a poem that will move a crowd. Send poems in an attached PDF to Leslie Wharton at Deadline Jan 2nd. More information on the March can be found on Facebook.  
[RE]CONNECT: Seattle Arts Leadership Conference

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

[RE]CONNECT is a full-day event, hosted by Seattle University's MFA in Arts Leadership program. We are partnering with Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) and the Office of Arts and Culture to present an exciting day of provocative speakers, professional development workshops, and artwork. The conference will conclude with a reception in the Kinsey Gallery on the Seattle University campus, which will showcase a month-long exhibition of artwork created by students and alumni.

Our theme this year refers to the community and personal connections created through the arts, symbolizes our continued commitment to building deep relationships between the Arts Leadership programs and the Seattle arts community at large, emphasizes our commitment to social justice and equity, and focuses on issues that impact a diverse range of practitioners and organizations.

Make.Shift January Art Walk: Infinity 
January 6 - 29, 2017
As a society, we spend so much time looking outside ourselves, swept up in the activities of the busy world. But what do we see when we look at ourselves? When we examine ourselves through portraiture we see ourselves anew, our own image reflected back into infinity. This month at Make.Shift artists explore the realm of portraiture in varied mediums and approaches. The group show includes whimsical, bold, and contemplative works in graphite, oil pen, stencil, and "smoke painting," by a group of Seattle and Bellingham-based artists. For more information about the Art Walk or Make.Shift please visit our website at or contact Lauren Iida at

*NOTE* There will be no December board meeting.
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Please submit items no later than the 15th of the month to Katy Tolles  at